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Thursday, May 12, 2005

[+/-] Fibromyalgia and eyes?

What is the link between FM and eyes?

My eyes have deteriorated at an alarming rate over the last four or five years, so much so that I got myself tested for diabetes at one stage. My left eye, especially, can't seem to make up its mind what its doing - its fluctuated from +0.5 to -0.5, to -1.75 to -2.75, now back to -1.50.
I almost can't keep up with the prescription lenses!


  • difficulty focusing, like my eyes are lazy - I have to deliberately force myself to focus.
  • astigmatism and myopia.
  • recently diagnosed with some sort of plaque on my optical disk
  • difficulty with night driving
  • unstable lens prescriptions

Filed as: Fibromyalgia ยป
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  • At Thu Feb 09, 07:20:00 am GMT+2, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have fibromyalgia also. Was diagnosed approx. 10 yrs ago. I've actually improved somewhat, but still can't work. I am having trouble w/my eyes. Went to opthamologist, who sent me to a neuro-opthamologist,who sent me to a neurologist for tests, then back to neuro-opthamology for attempt at glasses. Previously no one would even give me glasses! I have double vision, lazy eye problem, blurry vision, lousy night vision, etc. He prescribed a prism in my worst eye, & when I 1st put them on I was so happy that everything seemed CLEAR. But that only lasted about 3 days. The doc had said if I couldn't see well w/them to come back, which I have yet to do because it takes forever to get an appt there.I have never heard anyone mention eye trouble with FM before you. I went to GW in Wash DC for the special diagnosis. He said that the lazy eye must have been missed in childhood, which is impossible as I had yearly check-ups thru childhood.I truly believe it is part of the FM.One doc said it had to do w/the eye muscles changing. Ask about a prism. I don't know how or why, but it may help you. Good Luck, fellow fibro-buddy.


  • At Tue Nov 21, 06:40:00 pm GMT+2, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have the same problem: fibromyalgia
    for 14 years, and then sudden problem with
    eyesight. Once this cleared up with a
    small dose of a beta-blocker, used for
    glaucoma, but my opthamologist said I don't have glaucoma, only near-sightedness. He is referring me to a neuro-opthamologist, but I am sure no neuro-opthamologist will know anything about fibromyalgia. I am in
    New York City. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good doctor in this field?


  • At Wed Feb 18, 07:41:00 pm GMT+2, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have had trouble with my eyes with fibromyalgia and they were getting worse and not able to be corrected to 20/20. I started taking bausch and Lomb preservision vitamins and Thera Tears omega 3 pills. That helped, then I found some eye exercises to help with the trp's because you have the same problems with the muscles in your eyes as everywhere else. I now still need contacts, but not reading glasses. I also ordered a book and cd's from the institute for better vision and have been doing those exercises too and my vision is improving more. The ones you can do that help the trp's is put your hand on top of your head and look up as far as you can without moving your head, then look up to the left and right. Start with 5 reps and increase daily. You can also look to the right and left, from the right top to left bottom and vice versa. It helps stretch the muscles just like yoga helps muscles in your body. I am greatly pleased as I was afraid of losing my sight.


  • At Wed Nov 25, 07:01:00 pm GMT+2, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am a 70 year old female that was diagnosed with FM 4 yrs. ago. I had cataract surger on both eyes 3 yrs. ago and have had 20/20 vision in left eye, but never did get the vision the Dr.'s said I would in my right eye. So, I went from one new lenses for my right eye, after another, but with no satisfaction.
    Finally, my regular eye Dr. said he could no longer give me a perscription for my right eye. So, here we go from one eye Dr. after another with no luck. I am from TN, so I was sent to the Vanderbilt Eye Specialist in Nashville, with no luck there either. Some specialist they are are, ha ha!! Finally, I decided to go back to the neuroroligist that had diagnosed me with FM. After, blood test and an MRI of the brain to rule out I could have a brain trumor. Thank God, I did not have a trumor. I went back to him and he said I had FM of the eye. He said most eye Dr.'s do not beleive there is such a thing as FM, but WRONG!! I'm a living testament to that therory. He gave me 2 injections, one in the big bone in the back of your head at the base of your skull and another in the temple. Yes, I know that sounds awful, but really, it did not hurt one bit. It was the fear, that hurt the most. He put numbing medicine in the injection. It sounded like the needle was going throug sandpaper, but he said the needle was going through inflamation as he was injection medicine to break the inflamation up. I have to have at least 2 more injections, then everything could be normal. He and I both just hope I have not waited for his treatment to be effective. So all you FM people out there, go see a nero Dr. and get his opinion. This Dr. is wonderful and his name is Dr. Ngo(pronouned "No") and he works from Cookeville Regional Hospital in Cookeville, TN. Good Luck to everyone out there with FM
    My email address is May God bless each of you.


  • At Sat Feb 26, 11:40:00 pm GMT+2, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 20 years ago. My vision had it's ups and downs over the years, but nothing intolerable. However, This past 4 years I've had difficulty with my vision. Some days it's better, others worse. I worry about driving, and it hinders me at work. Few months ago, I've noticed increased blurry vision in close and far ranges; sore/strained eyes; dry and red; eyeball (not lids) spasm, nausea. These symptom are sort of new to me and I really think it's the fibromyalgia. I had eye exams and there's no eye disease. I was told that it's part of growing old...hmmm..I have another appointment in a few days. I just don't know if there will be a relief to fibromyalgia and vision probles. At least there's medicine for pain. But what do you give for eyes? hmmm!


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